International Women's Day: Interview With 40-Year-Old Karen Cooper

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For International Women's Day 2012, the theme is 'connecting girls and futures.' The Huffington Post Canada is asking girls and women what matters the most to them. Join the conversation with the hashtag #womenof2012 or leave us a comment to answer any of the questions below.

Name: Karen Cooper
Age: 40
City: London, Ont.
Occupation: Web/Graphic Designer

Who is your biggest influence?
I don't have just one. My family, my best friend -- if I can be anything like them then I am doing pretty good.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing women your age today? Still facing competition from men, especially in the workforce.

Who are your ideal female icons?
Strong women who use their "power" for good. Also people who remain grounded and don't let fame go to their heads.

Do you think there's equality between men and women in your workplace?
In mine, yes.

Do you think a female prime minister or president would be any different than a male? Why and how?
They shouldn't be -- being a UK citizen I grew up with Margaret Thatcher in power. I think whoever is right for the job should get the job, regardless of whether they are male or female.

Do you think it's important to have an International Women's Day?
I have to admit I didn't realize there was one.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Happy in my life and my work, and I think I'm about 3/4s of the way there!

How you feel about how women are represented in the media, film and pop culture? Can you see yourself in any of them?
It's better today than a few years ago. I think in the "celebrity" world there are more female superstars appearing to rival the males.

What do you consider 'female' attributes?
Caring, kind, sensitive, strong -- but these are attributes I like to see in anyone, not just females :)

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